Evelyn Reininger honored with Yellow Rose of Texas Award
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has honored longtime community volunteer Evelyn Reininger as a Yellow Rose of Texas for her lifetime of dedication toward the betterment of Texas. The Yellow Rose of Texas is the highest award presented to Texas women who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer and community service.
The distinction honors Reininger’s service to state, country and the Austin community, where she was an early and vocal advocate of promoting women to management positions.
Reininger, 89, was the first female engine manager at Bergstrom Air Force Base, where she was responsible for ordering parts and managing their inventory to keep the military planes flying during the Vietnam Conflict. While there, she also served as coordinator for the Federal Woman’s Program for Bergstrom. It was in this role that Reininger worked alongside former Governor Ann Richards, First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson and journalist Liz Carpenter.
“We established Toastmistress and Parliamentary Law chapters in San Antonio and Austin to give self-confidence to women,” Reininger said. “It was wonderful to see a woman gain self-worth and be promoted.”
After retiring, Reininger turned her focus to working in a day care for the underprivileged and teaching illiterate adults to read. She was also a registration clerk for Austin Community College. She and her late husband raised five children, two of which were adopted, and devoted their free time to various churches in the Creedmore area, building playgrounds and working on other projects to benefit the Delhi Community Center.
Reininger, whose hometown is Lockhart, has worked to preserve Texas history as Daughter of the Republic of Texas and has served on committees for more than 25 different organizations.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) was founded in 1891 as an organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the founding families and soldiers of the Republic of Texas. The organization’s mission includes encouraging historical research into the earliest records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835 and the events which followed.